NIUHuskies.com presents the 2012 baseball season preview with Head Baseball Coach Ed Mathey, now in his 10th season at Northern Illinois. The Huskies return seven starters and two starting pitchers in 2012, along with four All-MAC picks, two all-region and a freshman All-American. To boast, NIU also has a pitcher on the preseason stopper of the year watchlist.
2011: Second Team All- Mid American Conference performer ... Academic All-MAC ... Played and started in all 57 games at third base ... Committed only eight errors in the field with 102 assists and 39 putouts (.946 fielding percentage) ... Batted .304 three homeruns, 11 doubles, four triples, 45 RBI and 46 runs scored ... Also amassed 12 stolen bases, .433 slugging and .388 on-base percentages and five sacrifice flies ... Top-10 in the MAC in runs batted in ... Had a personal-best 17 game hitting streak, fourth-longest in school history, from April 2 to April 29 (24-for-67, .358) ... Went 3-for-5 at Texas Tech with three RBI, two triples, one double and two runs (Feb. 27) ... Named MAC West Player of the Week March 1 after finishing 9-for-18 (.500) with two doubles and triples, four RBI and four runs in two game series with BYU and Texas Tech ... Collected second MAC West Player of the Week honor April 18, going 6-for-19 with 10 RBI, six runs scored, two home runs, one triple, one double and three walks on the road at Illinois State, Chicago State and Ohio ... Named Mid-American Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week on May 20, awarded to top-performers with 3.2 GPA or higher ... Was 5-for-14 with nine RBI, one homerun and five runs in three game series with Ball State ... Drove in seven runs at Ohio (April 17), the second game of a double-header, and versus Ball State (May 15) ... Recorded a hit in 43 of team's 57 games ... Twice totaled four hits in game - BYU (Feb. 26) and Ball State (May 15) ... Recorded one hit, three RBI and two sacrifice flies at Western Michigan (May 20) ... Recorded three hits and one RBI in three MAC Tournament contests (May 25-27).
2010: Contributed an RBI single and stole a base at Austin Peay (2/27) ... Registered four singles at Cal Poly (3/9) ... Recorded a 2-4 day with a stolen base and an RBI at UC Santa Barbara (3/14) ... Led the Huskies with three RBI in a win at Southern Illinois (3/20) ... Tied the game with a two-run single in the seventh inning vs. Milwaukee (3/24) ... Extended his personal-record hit streak to 15 games at Bowling Green (3/27)... Collected a pair of hits, two runs, and an RBI vs. Buffalo (4/4) ... Smashed three doubles at Illinois State (4/6) ... Singled twice and stole a base vs. Ohio (4/16) ... Drove in two as part of a 3-for-4 day at Toledo (4/23) ... Continued to feast on Rocket pitching as he posted three more hits at Toledo (4/25) ... Ended season in late April due to injury ... Tied for second on the team in runs batted in (30) and ranked third in batting average (.289).
2009: Compiled a .288 average with 28 runs, 53 hits, 29 RBI, eight doubles, a triple and nine walks in 50 games, 47 starts ... Made collegiate debut in season opener vs. Mississippi State (2/20) ... Tallied his first career hit as part of a 3-for-5 day at the plate vs. Mississippi State (2/21) ... Went 4-for-4 with three RBI vs. Oregon State (2/26) ... Registered three hits, two RBI, and scored a run at Southern Illinois (3/8) ... Hit a bases-clearing triple in a 3-for-4 game vs. Buffalo (3/20) ... Knocked a pair of singles vs. Bradley (3/25) ... Slugged three hits and tallied four RBI vs. Illinois State (4/14) ... Belted a pair of hits vs. Toledo (4/18) ... Contributed two singles and an RBI at Eastern Michigan (4/26) ... Had one of the Huskies' three hits on the day vs. Valparaiso (4/29) ... Led NIU to a win at Central Michigan due in part to his two doubles, scoring three runs, and driving in four other Huskies (5/1) ... Scored twice after reaching on a pair of singles at Western Michigan (5/14) ... Finished sixth on the team in batting average (.288), fourth in hits (53), and second in sacrifice bunts (5) ... Was also honored at Wrigley Field on April 15's Jackie Robinson Day, as he is on scholarship with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and later returned to DeKalb to go 1-for-2 with a two-run single in NIU's 16-2 win over Chicago State.
High School: Drafted in 48th round of 2008 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians ... All-state, all-area and conference MVP ... Named to the Chicago Sun-Times Top 100 area players list and was ranked as the state's No. 58 senior prospect by Prep Baseball Report ... Earned all-state and all-area selections from the IHSBCA, second team all-area honors from the Chicago Sun-Times, and honorable mention all-area from the Chicago Tribune ... Named Chicago Public League co-MVP and Westminster Sunshine Classic MVP as a senior ... Hit .533 and slugged .925 with 64 hits, 14 doubles, seven home runs, 47 RBI and 42 runs scored while striking out just nine times during his senior season ... Helped team to 29-5 record and city and regional championships as a senior ... Team captain and earned squad's offensive threat award during final prep campaign ... Played in the Public vs. Catholic League All-Star game following senior year ... Honorable mention all-conference selection after batting .326 with 30 hits, 28 runs and 20 RBI as a junior ... Helped his team capture city, regional and sectional championships and a No. 8 final state ranking in 2007 ... Three-time varsity baseball letterwinner ... Made honor roll all eight semesters and earned principal scholar honor.
Personal: Born August 2, 1990 ... Parents are Royal and Carolyn White ... Majoring in business administration at NIU ... Admires Derek Jeter and David Eckstein.